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Most patients will be fully recovered in two weeks and can resume some normal activities, such as driving, walking and some duties at work. Since this surgery requires internal stitches, patients should refrain from any heavy lifting pushing or pulling until it is approved by the surgeon.
Colectomy, laparoscopic colon surgery; laparoscopic colon resection. Other terms: ostomy, stoma, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis
The surgeons makes four ¼ inch incisions in the region of the damaged colon and will insert a tiny camera to the surgical site. This gives clear visualization of the surgical field and allows him to go in through the other ports to remove the section of the diseased or damaged colon. Once the damaged section is removed, the colon will be reattached to the rest of the digestive system. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia (completely asleep.)
Four tiny incisions are made in the lower abdomen around the site of the damaged colon. Patients will stay a few days up to a week and will not be discharged until their bowels are functional.
Most patients are fully recovered within a few weeks.
The surgeon may recommend an open procedure due to a patient’s weight or history of prior surgery that has left scar tissue, making visualization of organs with the camera more difficult. If a tumor is too large to remove using minimally invasive techniques, then the surgeon will recommend an open procedure.
WakeMed has many board-certified general surgeons who perform laparoscopic colectomies. Find a WakeMed surgeon by calling WakeMed Doctor Choice at 919-350-8900.
3000 New Bern Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27610